It will be interesting to see who Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus selects as his captain for the Springboks in the absence of the injured Siya Kolisi.
I, for one, do not believe Eben Etzebeth should exit the tunnel first, even if he is fit.
Now judging from Erasmus’s press conference last week, it seemed as if he was leaning towards the Enforcer if Kolisi is not available.
Now Etzebeth is in the Bakkies Botha-mould, he likes the physical nature of the game. He is the type of leader that won’t allow a soldier to go to war, you know what I mean, on his own.
That’s good, you need those security guards in the team.
But a decision-maker in the heat of the battle? I don’t think so.
Now this Springbok squad features a number of the U20 squad that won the Junior World Championship back in 2012, the last time we lifted a trophy.
In my books, the best leader to have emerged from that group is Handre Pollard. Not Steven Kitshoff.
Pollard is level-headed and virtually secured of a starting berth in the team. Unless, of course, Erasmus wants to try another flyhalf in the Test against Australia.
However, getting a replacement captain ready in case Kolisi breaks down at the World Cup is essential and I believe that man should be Pollard.